….Finding a place to park your Campervan for the night
The open roads of Europe meander through different cultures and landscapes. A campervan road trip allows you travel where you want, when you want, and to stay for free believe it or not. France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Benelux and Scandinavia all have forms of motorhome stopovers. These motorhome stopovers, known as Aires, are car parks and farms that allow campervans to stop overnight for free. We have discussed them before in other blogs but here is a link for you to find out some more information.
Cheap overnight stops in France…
France is at the forefront of cheap overnight stops for campervans, with potentially more opportunities to stay ‘off site’ per square mile than any other country in Europe. You’ll find most French campervan owners using the vast network of Aires de Service, specific campervans stopovers, in preference to campsites. These aires can be found in thousands of towns and cities across France, many with stunning locations and spectacular views on riversides, lakesides, in mountains or parks.
Open to all campervans, many aires are free to use though there may be a small charge involved (typically between €5 and €8 for 24 hours). Most provide essential facilities for emptying waste water and cassette toilets, filling up with fresh water and dumping rubbish; some of the facilities are operated using a token, available from a nearby shop or tourist office. If you are likely to use aires significantly, it’s worth keeping hold of a supply of tokens so you’ve always got access to the facilities even when offices are closed.
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